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Church Bulletin: November 8, 2015

posted Nov 9, 2015, 2:21 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
November 8, 2015- Synaxis of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael
 
This Week's Services and Events

November 10, Tuesday
        + Parish Council meeting, 7:00PM

November 11, Wednesday
        + Paraklesis with Unction, 7:00PM

November 12, Thursday
        + OCF Compline, 7:00PM

November 13, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

November 14, Saturday
        + Teen SOYO meal serving at Ronald McDonald House, 9:30AM
        + Becoming Truly Human Retreat, 11:30AM-4:30PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

November 15, Sunday- 24th Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM 
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by coffee hour and Sunday School
        
Upcoming Events and Announcements

Thank You-
        Yesterday, we had a very successful fundraising event, to honor our patron saint and to benefit Syrian refugees.  Many of you helped in a variety of ways to make this happen.  Special thanks go to Kristi Abuissa, who organized the event.  To read a guest column on Syria that Newman wrote for the Cedar Rapids Gazette, go to: http://www.thegazette.com/subject/opinion/the-us-can-be-a-force-for-good-in-syria-20151106

Come and Be Healed-
        We will pray the Paraklesis service and conclude with anointing with unction for healing at 7:00PM on November 11.

Orthodox Christian Fellowship-
        OCF will pray the compline service at 7:00PM on November 12.

We Need A Volunteer to Bake Holy Bread for November 15-
        If somebody can provide the holy bread for liturgy on November 15, please let Fr. Ignatius know.

Pledge Packets, Please Return Them Soon!-
        The Parish Council has distributed material to members and friends of the parish asking for people to respond with their planned financial commitments to the church for 2016.  Please prayerfully consider what you can give to support our beloved church and return the pledge forms ASAP.  This is necessary so that the Parish Council can form a responsible budget to present at the annual voters' meeting in early December.

Parish Council Meeting-
        Our monthly Parish Council meeting is scheduled for November 10 at 7:00PM.
 
Teen SOYO- 
        On November 14, the teens will be serving a meal at the Ronald McDonald House.  They will be meeting at church at 9:30AM to head over to the site.

Nativity Fast Begins November 15-
        As part of our preparation for the great feast of the Nativity of Christ, we alter our diet and abstain from meat, dairy, eggs until December 25.  Fish, wine and oil are permitted on Saturdays and Sundays and wine and oil are permitted on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  If you have any questions about fasting, please ask Fr. Ignatius.

Nativity Fast Book Study-
        Following Paraklesis service on Wednesday evenings during the Nativity/Advent fast, we will have four book study sessions from 8:00PM-9:00PM.  On December 2, 9, 16, and 23, we will be discussing the book, "Meditations for Advent: Preparing for Christ's Birth" by Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou.  Copies of this book will be available to purchase at the church in a few weeks.  Please sign up on the sheet posted in the narthex so we know how many books to order.

2015-2016 Sunday School Project-
        During our current Sunday School year, the 5-12 grade class is sponsoring two children in Ethiopia through the organization Partners With Ethiopia.  Sunday school teachers are asking the Sunday School students to bring in change or whatever they and their families can give each week.  The financial commitment is $38 per month per child.  We may need additional assistance from the parish to meet our goal each month.  Brochures explaining this project are available at church.

Food for All - Kalona-
    Please continue to pray as we seek ways to encourage Vespers attendance as well as explore food charity programs, such as cooking classes and a Christmas bread event. Input and help is always welcome.
   Kalona Vespers are on first and third Wednesdays (7 p.m.). Join us at UCB Church, Highway 22 and 4th St., Kalona. Questions? Contact Amy at foodforallkalona@gmail.com.

OCMC 2016 Mission Teams Now Available-
        2016 Orthodox Mission Teams are now available! Please prayerfully consider joining one of the teams that will be serving in Alaska, Albania, Guatemala, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, and Uganda. Spend two weeks volunteering at a youth camp, teaching the faith, empowering Orthodox women, restoring a church, or providing healthcare. All are needed, and anyone over 18 can serve!Visitwww.ocmc.org, e-mail teams@ocmc.org, or call 1-877-463-6784 for more information or to volunteer.

Bishop's Visit, Save the Date!-
        Bishop Anthony plans to be with us the weekend of April 9-10, 2016.  Save the date!
       
Remember Your Departed Loved Ones With Flowers-
        Would you like to memorialize your departed loved ones with a bouquet of flowers to be placed in the church on the weekend of your choice?  Look for the new Memorial sign-up sheet.  Decide what weekend you would like your loved one(s) remembered, give $25 to the church, clearly marking it for "Memorial Flowers" and your loved one(s) will be mentioned during the Great Entrance prayers and in the weekly bulletin.  If your departed loved ones are Orthodox, and you would like Trisagion Prayers for the Departed to be offered at the end of Liturgy, you can indicate that on the sign-up sheet as well.

Keep Praying for Kidnapped Orthodox Bishops in Syria-
       Since April 22, 2013, the Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, Metropolitan Paul, and the Syriac Metropolitan of Aleppo, Youhanna, have been in captivity and have not been heard from.  Please pray for their well being and release and also pray for their captors as well.  

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        At that time, a lawyer stood up to put Jesus to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read?” And the lawyer answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” And Jesus said to him, “You have answered right; do this, and you will live.” But the lawyer, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion, and went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” The lawyer said, “The one who showed mercy on him.” And Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:25-37)

Choir Leadership-
        Lori will lead the choir during the weekend of November 14-15.
                 
Pray for our Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens Ilya Buchkin, and Rob, Hannah and Nate Young in your prayers as they prepare to be sacramentally joined to the Orthodox Church.

Do You Have a Prayer Request?
        Please give it to Fr. Ignatius and he will distribute it by email to all those on the Prayer Chain. If you wish to join the Prayer Chain, please let Fr. Ignatius know. 

Food for Thought-

"Although I was born into an Orthodox Christian family in Syria, I am a convert, too; I have to convert to Jesus Christ every day. We are all converts." 

-- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH
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